I've just been reading about St. Swithun at the A Clerk of Oxford's site. I didn't know much about Swithin, except this rhyme:
|St. Swithin, from Wikipedia|
For forty days it will remain
St Swithun's day if thou be fair
For forty days 'twill rain nae mare
Oh dear. It dawned fair here, but there were some showers last night. Were they finished before midnight? I don't know. I'd like to have a nice balance of rain and fair, please, Saint Swithin! But how would one do that, given the words of the proverb.
another English rhyming proverb about rain says
The rainbow in the morning
And from Scotland, there is this:
The weather’s taking up now
For yonder’s the weather gaw;
How bonny is the east now!
Now the colors fade awa’.”
Decipher that for me? This one is more clear to my Western brain:
Then the weather will be coarse;
If the robin sings on the barn,
Then the weather will be warm.
The wind plays a role in weather we will have rain or not, apparently, so take heed:
|James Gillray, c1808|
The west wind always brings wet weather,
The east wind cold and wet together,
The south wind surely brings us rain,
The north wind blows it back again.
Whatever the weather, we will have it, whether or no, that's for certain. It looks to be a fair St. Swithin's Day here, and perhaps the grass will dry enough to be mowed this evening. In the meantime, there is a pile of cabbages waiting on me today, so I'll be inside anyway.
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